British Lionhearts roar loud on World Series of Boxing debut

Thursday, 15 November 2012
By Tom Degun

Sean McGoldrick fighting in WSB v USA November 15 2012November 15 - The British Lionhearts tonight made a winning start in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) as they claimed a comprehensive 4-1 victory over USA Knockouts at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California.

The match up in what is season three of the WSB saw the new British franchise make a superb start as bantamweight Sean McGoldrick (pictured above right), lightweight Joe Cordina, middleweight Antony Fowler and heavyweight Uaine Fa all claimed wins over their American counterparts despite being away from home.

Cordina of Wales was first to compete for the Lionhearts and delivered performance to defeated opponent Eric Fowler 48-47 on all three of the judges' scorecards.

Liverpool's Fowler followed his compatriot in style as he claimed a second round knockout over Marquis Moore.

Fowler knocked down his opponent twice in round two before finishing him with an overhand right to mark an impressive first outing in the WSB and make it 2-0.

At light-heavyweight, the USA scored their sole victory when USA Knockouts' Kennedy Katende defeated British Lionhearts' Zlatko Ledic on points to make it 2-1.

Sean McGoldrick fighting in WSB v USA November 15 2012 2It was an impressive debut in the World Series of Boxing from the British Lionhearts

However, that was the best it would get for the American franchise as Britain's heavyweight Fa claimed a unanimous win over Avery Gibson to settle the match before bantamweight McGoldrick, the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, rounded things off in style with a split decision win over Braulio Avila Juarez.

"It was a very good night for the team," said Lee Pullen of British Lionhearts coaching team.

"The boxers adapted superbly to the different demands of World Series Boxing and we were very happy with their performances and the result."

The dominant win away from home will certainly send an early warning to Britain's rivals in the WSB, which is currently the only boxing competition in the world  that allows fighters to box professionally but retain their Olympic eligibility.

The next fixture for the British Lionhearts is against Italia Thunder at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport next Friday (November 23).

The bout will see the British Lionhearts boosted by the presence of London 2012 silver medallists Fred Evans of Wales and John Joe Nevin of Ireland, two of the franchises' biggest stars.

In addition Andrew Selby of Wales, who is the number one ranked amateur flyweight in the world, will also be in action.

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